I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by the Tiny House Movement. Is gradually changing the way we look at how and where we live and what people actually require to live a fulfilled life. The size constraints hinder the amount of material things you can own, obviously, but getting creative is a challenge that these tiny home-dwellers take on with great enthusiasm.

As for me, I won’t likely move into a tiny house. (Housing prices around here are a lot more reasonable than many other places in the world.) I do want a small house, but probably not to this degree. Despite this, I love looking at these small homes and thinking what that would be like. Here are some of the online sources I’ve found for scratching the tiny house itch.


I’m just going to plunk this down here first because this is the free-to-watch documentary that started my own personal love of these dainty domiciles. This documentary showcases several small homes in various formats- houses, apartments, house boats and more. (Learn more about the filmmakers!)

Other YouTube videos:

There are a lot more, but these are just a few to get you started!

Tiny: A Story About Living Small – another documentary making the rounds.

Mendys-Tiny-House-Interior-600x493WEBSITES + BLOGS

Tiny House Blog

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company 

Tiny House Design

The Tiny Life

Tiny House Talk



Tiny House Design – Tiny House Design focuses on simple sustainable home design and downsizing. (Lots of pictures posted regularly of tiny houses and tinier rooms.)

Tiny Houses – For tiny house fans! (Pictures posted regularly. Lots of unique homes featured.)


The Tiny House Film – coming out September 2014


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Jillianne Hamilton is an author, crafter, hobby addict, history enthusiast and graphic designer in Charlottetown, PEI on Canada's beautiful east coast. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award in 2016. Her fourth book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, will be published in 2018.


Jim Douglas February 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

Am interested in moving to PEI for my retirement as housing or vacant land is so much cheaper than Vancouver, B.C. I’m also keenly interested in the Tiny House Movement as it definitely offers a solution to obtain a viable retirement on a small income.

I have been trying to find out how small a house one could build without having to go through the building permit process. I’d prefer a house on a foundation over one on a trailer. Everything I’ve read about PEI building codes seems to indicate that all built structures need a permit and (did I read right ?) that at least one wall has to be 18 feet in length if it is to be used as a dwelling.

If you have any info on this I ‘d greatly appreciate it.


    Jilly February 24, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Hi Jim. I’ve never actually looked into it myself (fiancé has vetoed the idea of getting a tiny house). The rules likely differ in Charlottetown and in the rest of PEI (also known as rural PEI). I messaged my friend (also a tiny house fan) and she suggested that if you are more interested in living in rural PEI, you’re likely able to get away with a lot more since nobody really enforces bylaws like that out in the country.
    Hope this helps!

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Hi, I'm Jill! I'm an author, a Lazy Historian, a web/graphic designer, a bookworm and a hobby addict. I live in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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